Definitions for salt lick

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

salt′ lick`(n.)

  1. a place to which animals go to lick naturally occurring salt deposits.

  2. a block of salt or salt preparation provided, as in a pasture, for cattle, horses, etc.

Origin of salt lick:

1735–45, Amer.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. salt lick, lick(noun)

    a salt deposit that animals regularly lick


  1. Mineral lick

    A mineral lick is a natural mineral deposit where animals in nutrient-poor ecosystems can obtain essential mineral nutrients. In an ecosystem, salt/mineral licks often occur naturally, providing the sodium, calcium, iron, phosphorus and zinc required in the springtime for bone, muscle and other growth in deer and other wildlife, such as moose, elephants, tapirs, cattle, woodchucks, domestic sheep, fox squirrels, mountain goats and porcupines. Harsh weather exposes salty mineral deposits that draw animals from miles away for a taste of needed nutrients. It is thought that certain fauna can detect calcium in salt licks.


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